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Performing Arts Degree Show 2017

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Northern Stage

We will be delighted if you were able to join us to celebrate the achievements of final year performing arts students at Northumbria University.

Graduating students will be exhibiting in a week of events at Northern Stage from 30 May – 3 June 2017.

Human Cannon by Edward Bond

This is a rare opportunity to see Edward Bond’s poetic and highly political writing in production. Set in the Spanish Civil War - a time of hostile attitudes driven by global influences, a time of violence, betrayals and injustices, Bond’s Human Cannon explores what it is to be human.

'The past works as a myth on our present. It is a burden on our back and from time to time we have to manage it so that it is comfortable and we can go on with our journey.’ Edward Bond 1977

The play begins in the 1920’s - in a poverty stricken and divided Spain. At the heart of this story is the village of Estaroban and a peasant farmer, Agustina Ruiz.  We meet Agustina, preparing to bury her nameless child. When the war takes over the village and the play, she is by now a member of the Republican resistance.  Fighting for social justice and liberty, Agustina learns to fire her enemies’ cannon, and through the strength of human will, ends the play by herself becoming the most effective weapon in the armoury of revolution.

 “Human Cannon is a beautifully poetic yet uncompromising interpretation of the Spanish Civil War. It is a manifesto of resistance”. Drama online

Directed by Fiona MacPherson
Lighting Design: Kev Tweedy
Musicial Direction: Jeremy Bradfield

Love and Information

Northumbria University Performing Arts students will also be presenting the first North East staging of Caryl Churchill’s new play Love and Information from Wednesday, 31 May. Please click here for more information on times

 Caryl Churchill’s fast moving kaleidoscope of a play, where over one hundred characters try to work out what they know.

 Someone sneezes. Someone can’t get a signal. Someone shares a secret. Someone hates irrational numbers. Someone won’t answer the door. Someone has never felt like this before.

 A highly intelligent piece of theatre from Churchill’s depiction of our fractured and fragmented age emerges a powerful and thought provoking ‘world view’. At a time where we have continual access to more and more information, where is the humanity, where is the love? Seemingly, inconsequential moments sit alongside those of life changing significance in this very funny and intensely touching play.

Directed by Steve Gilroy
Lighting Design: Kev Tweedy
Sound Design: Jeremy Bradfield

For dates and times and to book a ticket please visit the Northern Stage website at 

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Barras Bridge
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